Up to 9 inches of snow expected to fall in parts of Elkhart County by Thursday

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory starting Tuesday evening and until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Posted on Dec. 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Some areas in Elkhart County might to get up to 9 inches of snow by the end of Thursday as a few new rounds of snow move across northern Indiana.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 4 p.m. Thursday, affecting northern Indiana and southern Michigan, including Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph, LaGrange counties in Indiana and Cass County in Michigan.

A frontal boundary will develop over the southern Great Lakes Tuesday night, bringing a period of light to moderate snowfall that will spread from west to east during the evening, according to a press release from the weather service.

Some areas in the southern part of the affected region may get from 3 to 5 inches of snow, while other areas near the toll road may get 6 to 9 inches. The advisory warns of snow Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. A second round of snowfall will likely occur late Wednesday afternoon, lasting at least through Wednesday evening.

Drivers are advised to be cautious, as roads may become slick and hazardous. Visibility will also be limited, making travel across the area difficult, according to the press release.

“Be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities ... and use caution while driving,” said the NWS advisory.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said road crews are ready to deal with the expected snow but also warned motorists to be prepared. Have a designated driver if taking part in New Year's celebrations with alcohol, INDOT advised, but also note that the early morning hours of Wednesday, when some revelers are returning home, could be the height of storm activity.

“Despite a full call-out of INDOT crews, roads may be slick and snow-covered,” INDOT said in a press release. “If you don't have to be on the roads, don't. If you must travel, take it slow and allow plenty of room between vehicles.”

Also, give INDOT plows plenty of room. Information on road conditions is available at INDOT's TrafficWise website, in.gov/indot/2420.htm.

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